Senior military commanders here now portray the intransigence of Iraq’s Shiite-dominated government as the key threat facing the U.S. effort in Iraq, rather than al-Qaeda terrorists, Sunni insurgents or Iranian-backed militias.
In more than a dozen interviews, U.S. military officials expressed growing concern over the Iraqi government’s failure to capitalize on sharp declines in attacks against U.S. troops and Iraqi civilians. A window of opportunity has opened for the government to reach out to its former foes, said Army Lt. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, the commander of day-to-day U.S. military operations in Iraq, but “it’s unclear how long that window is going to be open.”
Apparently the Iraq government is not taking advantage of the paradise we have created, what with 2007 on track to be the most violent year yet (but hey- the monthly violence is down to where it was last year!), and a number of officers go on record in the WaPo piece showing a little disdain and disgust.
Granted, I have not checked with the Confederate Yankee, so I am just assuming they were actual military officers. I will check with him later after he gets his Beauchamp on and investigates them all to make sure I am up to date on my smears. Hopefully some of them have MySpace accounts.